Lost And Found: Vintage UK 1:1 Best Rolex Submariner Replica Watches Discovered On The Ocean Floor Returns Home After A Five-Year Adventure

Skiing down Mont Blanc, sailing the Pacific Ocean, and sitting lost in a septic tank for over a year. These are just some of the incredible adventures that Ric Outrim’s perfect UK Rolex Submariner replica watches has endured, and it has kept ticking without complaint. But its greatest adventure has just wrapped up, and this one took almost five years. 

The lost and found vintage Rolex Submariner

Back in July, we brought you the incredible story of Ric’s lost Rolex Submariner. Australian professional surfer Matt Cuddihy found the high quality Rolex fake watches while he was snorkeling and collecting rubbish off the Queensland coast near the surfing town of Noosa. Ric saw our story on Fratello, and before long, he had proven his connection to the lost Rolex thanks to an inscription on the back of the top Rolex copy watches, which simply reads “R. Outrim, Presented 1971.” It turns out that it had been under the ocean for four years — first lost in 2019, then found in 2023. (A quick side note, dear readers: we came across a separate story of a Rolex found in Queensland, which we covered here. It is unrelated to Ric’s story.)

The moment Ric knew that someone had found his luxury replica Rolex watches, he “broke down and wept.” When he realized that he would get the watch back thanks to Matt’s honesty and efforts, he said, “I am so grateful for this to be returned. It’s unbelievable. You would never think this could happen. I am so emotional.” 

Life’s adventures with a Rolex strapped to the wrist

Ric had a special attachment to his Rolex Submariner. It had accompanied him on every twist and turn of his life’s journey since he received it at 18 years old from his father, a sailor and former member of the Royal Australian Navy. Those adventures included tying the knot, winning a few sailing races, backpacking across Europe, and working in Switzerland. The Swiss made fake Rolex watches was a connection to his father, who died in the early 2000s. “It’s finally come back home; it’s a big thing,” Ric said.

Overjoyed, Matt told Fratello that he was “stoked” that Ric had gotten his Rolex back. “I am so stoked for Ric. His Rolex is right back where it should be — on his wrist telling time and ready for more adventures. I told him I didn’t want to see it in my aquatic garbage collection again!” In addition to sharing his find on Fratello in an attempt to find the owner, Matt had also posted on his social media to more than 25,000 followers. At the time he was overwhelmed by the response, but it was only by chance that Ric had seen the Fratello story and reached out. 

Rolex refurbished and back at home again

When Ric was able to prove his ownership of the AAA Rolex super clone watches, Matt helped put him in touch with Rolex so that he could have the barnacle-encrusted timepiece repaired. In December, the watch returned from Rolex. At Ric’s request, the brand had completely refurbished it and included the original parts with the watch. Inside one of the zip-lock bags was even one of the barnacles that was attached to the watch when Matt found it in the ocean. The watch also arrived on a period-correct Oyster bracelet from Rolex (Ric had lost the original and was wearing the watch on a Velcro band when it fell off his wrist in the surf). 

Fratello understands that just one watchmaker at Rolex was the dedicated expert on the refurbishment from start to finish. The process took the greater part of six months, something that touched Ric. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to that watchmaker because it’s clear how much love and effort went into this project,” he said. “We had lunch together with the Rolex team in Brisbane. It was missing for such a while that I had sort of reconciled with this sense of deep loss. I never thought it would come back to me, but Rolex was amazing. The people there were so good to me. They gave the watch so much special attention.”

“A friend for the rest of my life”

Ric always wanted to have the watch completely refurbished while keeping as many of the original components as possible so that he could take it surfing and swimming again. Not only has that happened, but the perfect Rolex replica watches has also become a story of friendship. Matt and Ric met for lunch in Noosa and now are regularly in touch, sharing a passion for nature, the sea, and surfing. “I’d like to have Matt as a friend for the rest of my life. He’s a person of very high caliber,” Ric said. 

The next plan? Ric wants to take the refurbished wholesale fake Rolex Submariner watches to the spot where he lost it and go surfing with Matt. “Now that it’s back, I’d like to go back to National Park where I lost it surfing, go surfing with Matt, and retrace my steps with it on my wrist.” So perhaps, in a sense, the watch’s adventures are just beginning again, not ending with this chapter of the story. 

Final thoughts

We don’t like to inject ourselves into stories like these too much at Fratello. However, Ric insisted that he add a “thank you” to the author and the editorial staff for helping him in the journey that reunited him with his Swiss movements Rolex super clone watches. “You are one of the people who brought this whole thing together with your stories on Fratello, Henry. The whole experience was surreal. Thank you,” he said. Personally, it has been a touching experience for this writer to have shared some of this journey with Ric and Matt. I am so happy to have seen the watch returned to its rightful home. Thanks to RJ and Fratello’s managing editor Nacho for championing this series too and setting up the articles and photographs for publication.

This experience has given Ric a new appreciation for Rolex, watches in general, and the community of enthusiasts. And while Matt, who has become a Fratello reader since the first part of the story broke, would love 2024 China replica Rolex watches, he says he likes the approachable vibe and designs of modern Tudor, a fitting watch for the wrist of a professional surfer and someone who spends his private time in the water cleaning up his local beaches. This is how the story ends. For now, I wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to bringing you more stories next year.

The Past, Present, And Future Of The Best Quality UK Replica Rolex Milgauss Watches

Last month, a record-setting vintage Rolex Milgauss 6541 sold for $2.5 million at auction. And it certainly looked like Rolex bought it. The result came just a couple of months after Rolex discontinued the modern Milgauss that had been in production since 2007. Long the oddball of luxury replica Rolex‘s professional watches, the modest “scientist’s watch” has found itself making headlines this year, all without really doing much.

The Milgauss has never been the sexiest Rolex. The vintage models sat in cases, sometimes for years, before they sold. It’s not a Pan-Am pilot flying a jet or a diver reaching the depths of the ocean, or Paul Newman driving a race car. But science can be sexy, too. The UK AAA fake Rolex Milgauss watches is perhaps best known for its association with Geneva-based CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the birthplace of the World Wide Web, and the lab where scientists discovered the Higgs boson.

With the confluence of headlines, it’s time to ask: What the hell is going on with the Milgauss? Before we really answer that question, though, we have to take a look at the history of the model and all the things you should know before you even think about collecting a vintage Milgauss. Then, we’ll make some guesses as to what the future of the Milgauss might look like. Maybe Rolex bought that vintage Milgauss as a reference for the next generation of the model; maybe we’ll see it in a future museum or marketing campaign. Or, maybe the marketing campaign has already begun.

Scientific Method: Collecting The Vintage Milgauss

6543 and 6541: The First Milgauss

Rolex introduced the Milgauss in 1954-55 as the scientist’s watch, able to resist magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss (mil- from the French mille, or thousand). Soon, it’d become known for being worn by scientists at Rolex’s Geneva neighbor, CERN. It was among a wave of other anti-magnetic perfect Rolex replica watches introduced in the ’50s, including the Omega Railmaster, Patek ref. 3417, Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic, and IWC Ingenuier. The first Milgauss, reference 6543, followed by the 6541, are some of the rarest and most mysterious watches in all of vintage Rolex.

“To me, the Milgauss 6541 and 6543 are the most elusive models in Rolex tool watch history,” Jasper Lijfering of Amsterdam Vintage Watches said. Jasper’s long called the early Milgauss his personal grail – his shop currently holds a 6541 in its “museum,” and he owns another example personally.

Rolex produced the first reference 6543 for just a couple of years in the mid-’50s. The 6543 is really more a proof of concept – most believe Rolex produced less than a couple hundred, and only a handful have appeared on the modern market. It has an odd lug width between 19mm and 20mm, which meant it didn’t fit a traditional Oyster bracelet. Inside, it used a Faraday cage made of soft iron to protect the automatic movement inside from magnetism, the same approach that Rolex would use in later vintage cheap Rolex Milgauss copy watches.

In 2017, a 6543 sold at Christie’s for CHF 271,500. As this example shows, the 6543 started to establish the Milgauss as a distinct reference – especially with that gorgeous black honeycomb dial webbed with metal for additional magnetic resistance – but it also has a rotating bezel that’s most associated with early Submariners. Christie’s also sold another 6543 in 2012, but this one has a bezel from the later 6541 and replacement hands from the even later 1019. If a 6543 in all-original condition ever appeared again on the market – and it’s possible it won’t, that’s how few there really are – there’s no telling what it could sell for.

After the 6543, Rolex introduced the 6541, which is where the 1:1 replica Rolex Milgauss watches really came into its own: it kept the honeycomb dial, but also got a bezel design of its own, divided into six sections. According to Rolex ads, this bezel, “calibrated into sixty divisions, serves as a simple stopwatch or for timing different operations.” Maybe it wasn’t the most functional thing ever, but it’s cool and weird and gave the Milgauss a look all its own. The other instantly recognizable trait is that lightning bolt seconds hand, totally unlike anything Rolex has done on any other model.

“As far back as I can remember, the Milgauss has always been an outlier,” says Andrew Shear, a dealer who’s been specializing in vintage Rolex for 20-plus years, “an oddity that I wanted to learn more about. It’s always been very difficult to obtain, especially in great condition.” He pointed to the original 6541 as particularly difficult to obtain in good, original condition, complete with the lightning bolt hand, original rotating bezel, and honeycomb dial, all in a thick case with factory-original bevels. It measures 38mm, placing it in a sweet spot right between the Explorer or Daytona and the Submariner or GMT.

The 6541 examples that have appeared on the modern market all have case numbers starting with 412, leading collectors to believe that production was extremely limited, probably to just a batch of a couple hundred watches. Most ads for the 6541 were placed in scientific journals or periodicals, with Rolex touting its anti-magnetism and bezel for timing as perfect for professionals.

While you’ll commonly see the 6541 with a rotating bezel, Rolex also produced a version with a smooth bezel – most think this was produced exclusively for the American market. Shear told me most of the 6541s he’s found in the States have this smooth bezel. Apparently, the Milgauss 6541 wasn’t a huge seller, with Rolex discontinuing it by 1960. But Rolex would continue to give the online Rolex Milgauss fake watches to NASCAR and Daytona winners through the mid-’60s. Rolex Magazine even unearthed an ad recently that showed 1962 Daytona 500 winner Glen Roberts wearing his Milgauss.

A niche watch historically, the first Milgauss remains largely just as niche for collectors today. First is the issue of even finding one. It’s incredibly difficult to find a 6541 in good and original condition. And when it does appear at auction, it might gin up interest from onlookers, but few are truly interested as buyers.

“It’s not for everyone,” Shear said. “Some people get it, some don’t.”

The Record Result

Because of the limited supply of good 6541s and the lacking sex appeal of the “scientist’s watch,” (regardless of how sexy I might find a lab coat), the market on the Milgauss hasn’t moved much in the past couple of decades. Before the $2.5 million result in May, the record for a Milgauss at auction was a 6541 that sold for about $350,000, way back in 2013. Prices for excellent examples had hovered around this range for years, which is why, when Phillips placed an estimate of CHF 500,000 to 1 million on its Milgauss, everyone was asking, “Could the Milgauss really be a million-dollar watch?” – regardless of how excellent the condition was.

In the end, it was a $2 million-plus watch, and it’s headed back home to a lucky buyer in Geneva. But dealers Lijfering and Shear were both quick to caution that this doesn’t really change the reality of the Swiss movements Rolex Milgauss replica watches market for the rest of us. A big, one-off auction result is marketing as much as it represents a real market.

“It takes time for attention to crystallize and subsequently show a new market value,” Lijfering said. “A result like this does have an impact over time, but it doesn’t change the market dramatically in an instant.”

Shear added that he got about a dozen calls in the few days after the sale, from clients looking to sell their vintage Milgauss. He says we can probably expect more Milgausses on the market over the next few months as owners see it as an opportunity to cash in.

“It doesn’t change the market for me in any way,” Shear said. “It just bolsters the concept that exceptional watches are in very high demand. And Rolex is buying exceptional watches at auction, which is nice to hear.” More on what might be next for the Milgauss in a moment.

The Milgauss 1019

In 1960, Rolex retired the 6541 for the Milgauss 1019. Produced until the late 1980s, it became one of the brand’s longest-lived references, even if it wasn’t the most popular. Like the 6541, the steel case of the 1019 measures 38mm, and the caliber 1580 is housed inside an inner soft iron Faraday cage. But the 1019 is no doubt more staid than the 6541: it loses the rotating bezel, honeycomb dial, and, sadly, the lightning bolt hand. Most commonly, you’ll see it with a silver dial with vertical brushing or a matte black dial, though there was some variation over the years, as we’ll see. Rolex also made silver dials without lume, placing black enamel in its place – these were made for CERN, so they’re referred to as CERN dials, with the tritium lume removed, so there wasn’t any radioactivity.

“The earlier the better,” Shear said of the 1019’s collectibility. “Early CERN dials with black enamel markers and hands are fascinating when in nice condition. So are all-original early black dials.” But Shear emphasized again that condition should be prioritized above rarity.

Generally speaking, there are two generations of 1019 dials. The first generation, produced through the late 1960s, has a smaller Rolex wordmark at 12 o’clock, while later dials or service dials have “Rolex” in much larger text. There are also other subtle changes over the 1019’s run: the early examples will have a seconds track with 1/5 second increments also marked, a detail that’s lost on later dials. You’ll also notice the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text is shrunk on later examples. Since Rolex produced the 1019 across three decades, these changes really become emblematic of the Crown’s evolution: the brand name is printed much smaller on early examples, and there are those 1/5-second increments, theoretically (though perhaps not practically), making the Milgauss a useful tool for timing science stuff. By the 1980s, the Rolex font on the dial has become much bigger. Really, the print on the entire dial is crisper and sharper – the Milgauss had evolved into a true luxury super clone Rolex watches for sale, with its original anti-magnetic traits, while still there, now secondary. Later dials also lose the 1/5-second tick marks.

Another notable change over the life of the 1019 is the hands: Most examples are polished, with a ridge down the middle, while examples towards the very end of the model’s production (as well as later service hands) are flat and brushed.

As Shear says, early examples are rarer (and harder to find in good condition). Black dials are harder to find and command a premium over silver dials. Today, a silver 1019 in good condition might sell in the mid-20s, while a similar black dial might sell in the mid-30s. That said, condition matters a lot. Last year, Loupe This sold a NOS black 1019 for $75,000.

Perhaps the rarest 1019s are the three known examples with glossy black dials – Phillips sold one in 2017 for CHF 150,000. It’s a true gilt, glossy dial: note how the red “Milgauss” text appears to be printed in relief. On the matte black versions, the red text pops off the dial instead.

Like the original 6543 and 6541, the 1019 wasn’t really a popular watch, often sitting at dealers for years. Take that NOS 1019 for example: It has a serial number dating it to 1979, but the sales receipt shows that it didn’t sell until 11 years later, in 1990.

The Modern Milgauss

Rolex discontinued the Milgauss in 1988, and the model sat dormant until 2007, when Rolex introduced the reference 116400. Upsized to a modern 40mm case with a smooth bezel, the new Milgauss continued to use an internal anti-magnetic cage, but the updated caliber 3131 also featured Rolex’s Parachrom Blue hairspring, an alloy with increased anti-magnetic properties. Most notably, it featured a bright orange lightning bolt seconds hand, a callback to the original 6541.

At introduction, the 116400 came in three variations: a white dial, a black dial, and the “anniversary” 116400GV, which featured a black dial with green crystal (GV stands for glace verte in French, or green glass). The green crystal was the first of its kind from Rolex, and the brand claimed it was so difficult to make it didn’t even bother to patent the process.

In 2014, Rolex added a blue dial to the glace verte, calling the vibrant sunburst dial Z-Blue. Soon after, Rolex discontinued the black and white dial, non-GV models. No matter, the GV was the best of the bunch anyway, a colorful watch that once seemed impossible in the somber years before Rolex started putting emojis on its date wheels. The 116400GV became a mainstay of Rolex’s catalog until it was discontinued in 2022. Towards the end of its run, it became something of an in-joke, with enthusiasts clamoring for an updated 2023 Rolex Milgauss replica watches every year.

You can find all kinds of opinions on the best modern Milgauss: Danny likes the black dial GV, while others have argued for the white dial or the Z-Blue GV. I can confirm Z-Blue is the correct answer, backed up by not only by my own exquisite taste, but also by a very unscientific Instagram poll (55 percent voting Z-Blue over white or black) and my friends in the Hodinkee Shop, who seem to consistently price the Z-Blue version higher than the others.

The Future Of The Milgauss

Then, just like that, the Milgauss was gone. Fifteen years is a long time for a modern Rolex to sit unchanged in the catalog, and the 116400 did start to feel a bit dated, even if in a charming late-2000s “more is better” kind of way. The colors are bright and in your face. And while we’ve become accustomed to that from Rolex over the last few years, beginning with the colorful Oyster Perpetuals, the Crown wasn’t always so kaleidoscopic.

No doubt the Milgauss will be back sometime soon – whether it’s two years or 20 years (like the gap between the 1019 and the 116400) is impossible to know. It’s even more futile guessing what an updated Milgauss might look like. Did Rolex pay a record-setting price for that Milgauss to serve as inspiration for a future release? Or maybe it just wants to use that 6541 in a future marketing campaign, and it didn’t have a good one in its extensive collection yet? I think it’s also possible the splashy result was part of the purpose of bidding on the China Rolex fake watches – to generate some headlines and interest in the model just after discontinuing it to get folks excited about when it might come back. After all, brands have long used auctions as marketing tools.

Over the years, Rolex has made subtle nods to its vintage replica Rolex watches paypal. Take the new Daytona, for example, with its updated bezel and subdials that look like past references (even truer with the new Le Mans Daytona). The new 1908 collection draws inspiration from a 1934 Bubbleback that Rolex had on display at Watches & Wonders. It seems likely that an updated Milgauss will have some subtle nods to the 6541; Rolex doesn’t do outright fan service like Tudor, but it often does this in more subtle ways.

Meanwhile, the secondary market for the Milgauss will likely remain “steady as she goes,” as Shear put it to me. One result doesn’t make a market, and this is even more true when the buyer is the very brand that made the Swiss made fake Rolex watches, and paid nearly 10x what anyone else had ever publicly paid for a Milgauss. As Shear said, the vintage Milgauss has always been a curiosity to many, but when it comes to actually buying one, interest thins considerably. It feels as though history is bound to repeat itself – while the modern Milgauss, in particular the GV, has a cult following, a watch with a green crystal, lightning bolt hand, and a story tied to science is always going to be the oddball compared to the diver’s Submariner or the driver’s Daytona. But for those who want something different, that’s also the appeal.

Luxury Rare 1979 Rolex Sea-Dweller Replica Watches UK With Comex Dial Are Up For Grabs

Rolex collectors, rejoice: rare 1979 perfect Rolex Sea-Dweller replica watches with a Comex dial just hit the market over at Tropical Watch.

The Swiss made fake Rolex reference 1665 dive watches features a recently polished case that’s in “excellent” condition, according to the dealer. The bezel insert has evenly faded to a light silvery grey, while the black dial is accented with patinated cream-colored hour markers and hands. The date window—sans the cyclops magnification—sits at the 3 O’Clock. The dial, of course, also features the element that makes this particular cheap replica Rolex watches so coveted: the Comex co-branding that marks the collaboration between Rolex and the French diving company.

In 1967, the best Rolex Sea-Dweller fake watches launched as the Swiss manufacturer’s next step in watchmaking, a follow up its iconic Submariner dive watch. The 1:1 online copy Rolex Sea Dweller watches was originally created as an attempt to improve on the Sub. To achieve that goal, Rolex teamed up with Comex (short for Compagnie maritime d’expertises) to develop new models. For 27 years, from 1970 to 1997, the two brands created nine Comex watches between the wholesale replica Rolex Submariner and Sea-Dweller ranges watches.

The first top fake Rolex Sea-Dweller watches, ref. 1665, was created in 1977 and was the first-of-its-kind to sport “Comex” on the dial and the original “600m” text. Experts estimate that only 300 Comex ref. 1665 watches were made between then and the late ‘70s.

While polishing may deter some collectors from this example, the dealer’s description of the watch promises “sharp, prominent bevels” and only light wear. The 2023 China Rolex super clone watches comes with the original 10-link oyster bracelet, which has only “light stretch.” The model number is engraved on its caseback, and the bracelet’s clasp comes stamped with a 1990 date code.

Rolex-Comex watches weren’t sold commercially; they were only offered to Comex and their commercial divers, which explains their rarity and cost. To get your hands on this “retirement” edition of the AAA UK replica Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 watches, you’ll need to fork over a cool $175,350—a substantial figure to be sure, but one that likely won’t daunt deep-pocketed Rolex collectors. Head over to Tropical Watch for more details.